Chelsea lacked creativity on off night defensively, says Liverpool legend
Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher feels Chelsea ran out of ideas after a 3-1 loss to Atletico Madrid on Wednesday
Jamie Carragher believes Chelsea’s lack of creativity was the key factor in their failure to reach the Champions League final after a 3-1 loss to Atletico Madrid.
The west London side had taken the lead through former Atletico striker Fernando Torres in the 36th minute, but Adrian Lopez put the visitors ahead on away goals on the stroke of half-time at Stamford Bridge.
They had an off night defensively and didn’t have enough creativity
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho brought on Samuel Eto’o in a bid to find a winner, but Diego Costa edged the Spanish leaders ahead on the night from the spot before Arda Turan sealed their place in the final with a 72nd-minute strike.
And Champions League-winning centre-half Carragher, who retired last summer, felt Jose Mourinho was too quick to introduce veteran striker Eto’o, who ended up bringing down Costa for the second-half penalty.
“Think of the attacking talent at Chelsea. But they’ve scored two goals in six Champions League semi-finals,” Carragher told Sky Sports.
“They had an off night defensively and didn’t have enough creativity.”
“I thought it was a bit early to go two up front and leave two in midfield. It had been a tight game,” Carragher added.
“I thought Mourinho had patience in these big games but I think he went a bit early with the substitution.”
Former Liverpool captain Graeme Souness believes Mourinho can still take plenty of positives from his first season back in charge of the west London side.
“Chelsea can’t be disappointed with this season – they will be better and he (Mourinho) will get his ideas across. But they were playing a top class team. Atletico are an all-round very, very good team,” Souness added.
“The reaction to them going behind shows they’ve got some real characters. They will be a handful for anyone – especially Real Madrid.”